MATCH 2020

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Kia mataara e te iwi. Tukua mai te rangi hou kia eke panuku, kia eke tangaroa: Haumi e, hui e TAIKI E!

We’re supporting rangatahi in Ōtaki and the Horowhenua-Kāpiti Coast to become the creative tech leaders of the future.

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He Whakakitenga

Our Vision

Ki te kāhore he whakakitenga ka ngaro te iwi. 

Through training, mentorship, and industry-led opportunities M.A.T.C.H is a pathway for rangatahi to high-value careers as the producers, developers and thought-leaders of the future.

The Māoriland Tech Creative Hub – M.A.T.C.H is a creative space for rangatahi to use and unleash their creative thinking and problem-solving skills to develop and build creative solutions for our future. 

M.A.T.C.H is developed around a tuakana-teina model for rangatahi to work collaboratively, is Indigenous-led and STREAMS focussed – science, technology, reading, entrepreneurial, arts, mathematics, and sustainability. This approach recognises the importance of Indigenous knowledge when working towards an innovation-focused future society.

He whakakitenga nā mātou ka whai wāhi nei te iwi Maori i roto i ngā whakapaparanga katoa o te ao matihiko. Waiho mā ngā ara kawekōrero ngā mātauranga e pai ana e tukuna kia hora ki ngā iwi taketake; ō te kāinga ō kō atu anō hoki. 

Our goal is to transform the lives of rangatahi in our community by providing industry endorsed qualifications that lead to work in the film, creative and information industries.

Kura Takawaenga

For rangatahi in years 7 – 10

 Learn about creative technology, develop technological practice and knowledge.

Play-based learning designed to complement the digital technologies curriculum


(in development)

For rangatahi in NCEA levels 1 – 3

Develop skill in a specific creative technology such as animation, game and app development and virtual and augmented reality to produce a creative project.

Project based learning designed to fulfill NCEA requirements 


For rangatahi not in education or employment aged 18 – 24

Six week full time course followed by 10 week paid industry placement

Industry-led training to develop key skills in a given creative technology.  

fees free!

All M.A.T.C.H Programmes are led by industry specialists so participants learn the latest skills. 


Creative skills + technology = future employment

The World Economic Forum names creativity as number three in the top ten skills you need to thrive in this time of change – ‘the Fourth Industrial Revolution’. 

Creative training future-proofs rangatahi to be adaptive thinkers and entrepreneurs able to carve out their own careers and adapt to a rapidly changing work environment. 

Creative + technology entrepreneurs can run global businesses from their own homes or communities.

M.A.T.C.H has been designed to provide an early entry for our rangatahi Māori into the creative tech industries. It is industry aligned so that participants in the programme train in an industry ready framework, adaptive to whatever the future may bring.

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Achieve with M.A.T.C.H

Ngā Hua –

What you will get

  • Rangatahi develop hard skills in specific creative technology disciplines to industry standards while achieving within the digital curriculum. 
  • Rangatahi gain essential skills that are sufficient to pathway into employment (cadetships) or higher education.
  • Through participation in the programme, rangatahi become part of a collaborative and support cohort of rangatahi Māori creative technology professionals.
  • Rangatahi gain essential skills including drivers license, first aid and health and safety training and certification. 
  • Upon completion of the programme participants achieve an industry endorsed micro-credential which is recognized within the industry supporting them into work. 

Mōhio Ki Ngā Tikanga

Culturally Competent

Rangatahi demonstrate self-confidence and self-awareness.

Mana Tangata


Rangatahi are self-confident and demonstrate personal leadership and accountability.



Rangatahi are empowered to be health conscious and look after their personal wellbeing

He Ringa Rehe

Work Ready

Rangatahi are equipped with the practical experience and qualifications to enable them to confidently enter the workforce and make a meaningful contribution to the economy and society.

Kia Kaha Kia Oti

Solution Focussed

Rangatahi can navigate challenging situations and demonstrate critical problem-solving skills

He Hunga Matatau Ki Ō Te Matihiko

Digitally and technically literate rangatahi Māori

Rangatahi Māori crowd around a table with chromebooks and wires and bananas.
Young girl holds a giant cheque for $5,000 and is flanked on either side by adults. The cheque says "winner first prize" and in the background you can see "2019 Indigihack Young Innovators Awards"

How to get involved

M.A.T.C.H Intensifier

If you’re a rangatahi Māori aged 18 – 24  – we are looking for participants for the M.A.T.C.H Intensifier NOW!!!!

Up to 10 rangatahi Māori will be selected. You need to be committed and self motivated. You don’t need to be a flash artist but you do need to show us your keenness for trying new things creatively.  Most importantly you must be able to commit to the full six week training period and the 10-week industry placement!

M.A.T.C.H Kura Takawaenga and Wharekura

M.A.T.C.H Kura Takawaenga and Wharekura is delivered in collaboration with schools. If you’re a teacher or rangatahi wanting to participate in M.A.T.C.H Kura Takawaenga or Wharekura, contact us at the link below for more information. 

M.A.T.C.H is endorsed by

Vic Uni



Information for teachers

How to participate

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